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Minister Again Calls For Land Consolidation

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetian again made a case for the consolidation of Armenia’s modest land holdings on Wednesday, saying that is vital for sustainable development of the struggling agricultural sector.

“This is a serious problem for us because agriculture will not develop in this way,” he told reporters. “A few years later we may not have even such [growth] indicators. That is why we must definitely organize the enlargement and consolidation of farms.”

“But farmers should do that voluntarily. They should unite and create cooperatives,” said Karapetian.

Armenia has approximately 403,000 hectares of arable land that was owned by as many as 340,000 physical and legal entities, most of them low-income farmers, as of 2010. Despite sizable rises in agricultural output reported by the government in the last three years, many farmers complain that they are increasingly struggling to earn a living.

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